As we shift from an industrial-growth society to a "life-sustaining civilization," we're facing serious and confounding social and ecological questions. Will economics, a self-destructive political system and the lust for profit make it impossible to be compassionate and find equitable answers? Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy will address these issues at a lecture hosted by Xavier University at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Macy has created "a groundbreaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application," according to the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue. The lecture will be in Schmidt Hall. For more information, call 513-745.3922. Admission is free.
Celebrate Human Rights
A rally marking International Human Rights Day begins at noon Dec. 10 at the corner of Fifth and Main streets, near the Federal Building. The Street Theater Players will present the skit, "Scrooge Bush." Sponsored by the Contact Center, Benefit Rights Advocacy Group and the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center, the theme of the rally is, "Stop the War on Iraq! Stop the War on the Poor in the U.S.A.!" For more information, call 513-381-4242 or 513-579-8547
Learn About the Black Press
The Greater Cincinnati Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the University of Cincinnati's journalism program presents a seminar, "Reporting on the Black Press," from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8 in Room 800 of Swift Hall at UC. Developed in partnership with the Center for Community Engagement and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the seminar includes presentations on The Cincinnati Herald and other African-American newspapers. For more information, call 513-556-6415 or write email@example.com.
Learn Police Work
The next session of the Cincinnati Police Department's Citizens Police Academy is Jan. 16 through March 5, 2008. Designed to provide better understanding between citizens and police, the meetings are 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Topics include laws of arrest, use of force, criminal investigation, the mental health response team, domestic violence and personal safety. To apply, contact Monica Ervin at 513-357-7554 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The application is Jan. 4.
Comment on the County Budget
The public can read and comment on the 2008 Hamilton County Administrator's Recommended Budget at www.hamilton-co.org.
Cause and Effect
Venerable Kyabje Yongyal Rinpoche, a revered Buddhist teacher, speaks this weekend at Gaden Samdrupling Monastery in Colerain Township. At 7 p.m. Nov. 30 he teaches on the topic, "Dependent Origination." For directions and more details of the Rinpoche's public teachings, visit www.gadenusa.org. Admission is free.
Stand for Peace
The Women in Black have been demonstrating against the war in Iraq since it started in 2003. Participants gather with signs in the traffic island at Vine Street and Central Parkways from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays. All peacemakers are welcome, including men and people not dressed in black. Peace workers in Northside hold a vigil from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays in front of Hoffner Park, at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Road.